Theology

The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Much of my work consists of pointing out the ways that Jews and Christians can learn from each other, based on their shared history in Scripture. Today, however, I want to point out some of the ways that the two faiths differ in their theologies. These differences go a lot deeper than simply “Jesus” and… Continue reading The biggest theological differences between Judaism and Christianity

Theology

Navigating the stress of evangelism

I thought keeping kosher was a heavy obligation in Judaism. Years later, I decided that the pressure to evangelize non-Christians was worse. It’s easier for me to explain evangelism done badly than well. My memoir opens with the story of how a classmate told me my recently deceased uncle was in hell because he didn’t… Continue reading Navigating the stress of evangelism

Theology

Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

These days, telling people "I'm a Christian" doesn't mean much of anything. Saying, "I'm Anglican" narrows it down a little bit, but still leaves room for lots of questions. I chose my church because it best reflects how I understand the Christian faith. I believe that all the essential principles of Christianity are summed up… Continue reading Why progressive and conservative Christians don’t like me

Theology

Fundamentalism and interfaith dialogue

I had the privilege of participating in Colorado State’s first “Better Together” Day: a collaborative effort of various faith ministries on campus. The point was to wear a nametag with your faith affiliation on it so you could find someone of a different faith tradition to talk to and learn from. There were “Christian,” “Jewish,”… Continue reading Fundamentalism and interfaith dialogue

Theology

Why I’m not a Messianic Jew

It’s a struggle for some people to believe that “Christian with Jewish heritage” and “Messianic Jew” are not the same thing. I completely understand why; it wasn’t that long ago that I myself would have failed to see the difference. I wish I could say I grew up with dual allegiances from having one Christian… Continue reading Why I’m not a Messianic Jew